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Making time for personal development

The life of most entrepreneurs is a busy one and many focus the bulk of their attention on business matters like networking, planning, finding investors and clients, marketing and finance. There’s always something to do, and when you’re so busy it’s easy to lose sight of your own personal development as you become wrapped up in your exciting project or startup.


Big mistake though. It’s a bit like companies who when faced with tightening budgets cut back on marketing and communications. You can’t stop your marketing if you want to be visible, and you need to be visible one way or another to be successful. If money is tight it just means you have to get even more creative with your marketing. And so it is with personal development. When you’re the busiest you’ve ever been you have to find creative ways to continue – or start – personal development.


Personal development means improving yourself via daily habits, routines, and making time to reflect on who you are and what your goals are. Personal development makes us question our motives.


You’ve no doubt read countless articles about the daily habits of successful entrepreneurs, from what they have for breakfast to what exercise they take. They agree that good habits equal good practice, which boosts success and productivity.


So what constitutes good practice?


As far back as Delphi we have ‘Know thyself’. Knowing oneself is the key to self-mastery and evolvement. Living with purpose. Knowing yourself means knowing what works for you and what doesn’t and therefore how to reach your true potential. This knowledge isn’t acquired from study. For most people it’s inherent. 


It’s important to learn new things. It could be something related to your profession to help you stand out from the crowd. Many successful entrepreneurs are experts in their field because they make a point of keeping up to date with whatever they need to know. They’re writing the books and giving the TED talks, not just consuming them, although that’s a great place to start. 


Sharing is caring! Successful entrepreneurs are generous with their knowledge and wisdom. Don’t be afraid to share what you have learned, and make sure you learn from what others share. Competition is healthy, and networking with competitors in your industry can be useful as it often ignites creativity and pushes people to try harder.

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